Limited parking and hefty charges in shopping malls and other parking areas are forcing people to park their vehicle on the roadsides instead of in the parking lot, which creates traffic mess in the city as well as on the national highway.
In order to avoid these heavy parking charges, people prefer to park their vehicles on the roadside, in streets, just outside the shop, etc which creates a mess on the roads and makes it difficult for others to walk. One can easily find haphazardly parked vehicles along the roadsides at the busy Gandhi Nagar Gole Market area, Apsara Road, Nanak Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, etc.
Even at the newly constructed Wave Mall, which has a multi-storied parking, one can find that the whole bi-lane outside the Wave Mall is covered with these haphazardly parked vehicles. Despite a signboard installed outside the mall by the Traffic Police, people still prefer to park their vehicle along the roadside to avoid parking charges.
Wrong parking made outside these shopping malls and other markets create traffic jams and sometimes leads to accidents too but the concerned authorities seem to be a mute spectator to all this.
I would like to share my experience. I went to Bahu Plaza to exchange my watch, but I don’t park my bike inside the parking area, as they charge Rs 20 for parking and that too at one’s own risk. Last time someone scratched my seat cover there and when I questioned, the guard said it is clearly mentioned on the slip that you are parking the vehicle at your own risk. I do not understand if such is the case why should one pay?
The concerned authorities need to look into this.
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